Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Today in Space
Svetlana Savitskaya
second woman in space

August 19, 1982 - Svetlana Savitskaya launches aboard Soyuz T-7 headed for Salyut 7. She would go back to Salyut 7 and become the first woman to do an EVA (July 24, 1984).

On the anniversary of her historic EVA, Svetlana talked about how she changed sex discrimination by flying on soyuz T-7.

Well, not exactly.... there were quite a few comments and jokes made about cleaning getting done aboard Mir when Shannon Lucid was on her way to the Russian space station. In fact, there are not even any female cosomonauts at this very moment... but soon will be?

She also uses the opportunity to take a swing at Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper who lost a tool bag on an EVA.

About the first female EVA.

Savitskaya was slated to command an all female Soyuz crew to the space station in commeration of National Women's Day - but due to lack of available Soyuz vehicles, it was cancelled.

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